Scotland is a great country to visit and although a vacation here cannot be exactly classified as “cheap” you can save a lot of money if you decide to sleep in a hostel.
Need to know
Hostels go way beyond being just for the young crowds. There are no age limits now and with the introduction of private rooms, the hostels became a great place for families and couples alike.
The cheapest beds are always found in dorms and if you are the sociable kind that might be the perfect choice. Just remember that you will have to withstand other people’s habits.
Prices in hostels don’t particularly vary according to season but they will be very crowded in August — peak tourist season — so it’s very advisable to book well in advance.
Make sure to read the description carefully. Some hostels don’t have many facilities but some resemble miniature hotels. The location isn’t particularly important since it’s easy to travel by the public transport, especially in the big cities such as Glasgow or Edinburgh.
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Hostels aren’t the only cheap accommodation in Scotland. You can also find affordable rooms in “guesthouses” and “bed & breakfast”.
Here are a few of our favorite hostels in Scotland. If you want to search through more options, check out our list of the cheapest rooms in Scotland.
Edinburgh Central Hostel (SYHA) is a new “luxury” hostel in Edinburgh . All rooms have bathroom en suite, there is the possibility to cater for yourself but also to eat in the restaurant. There are AC and Internet available. The hostel is located close to Princess Street and at a stone’s throw away from the Old Town. A bed in a dorm costs Â£22 per night while a bed in a twin room costs Â£29 per person. Breakfast costs Â£2.6 per person.
Cowgate Tourist Hostel is a backpackers’ hostel located in the center of the Old Town. It’s right in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle and a short walk from Princess Street. There are self-catering facilities as well as a washing machine which can be used by the guests. A bed in a dorm costs between Â£11.85 and Â£12.85 per night, while a private double room costs Â£25 per night per person.
Bluesky Hostel has been renovated recently and is still the cheapest hostel in Glasgow . Breakfast and internet are included in the room price. Guests can also benefit from the free city tour offered. There are self catering facilities as well as washing machines available for the guests. A bed in a dorm costs between Â£11 and Â£13.50 per night while a private twin room costs Â£16.50 per night per person.
Euro Hostel overlooks River Clyde and stands right in the heart of the city. Internet is available in the property. There are pool tables, self catering facilities and washing machines available. A bed in a dorm costs between Â£12.95 and Â£15.95 while a private twin ensuite costs Â£17.95 per night per person.
Inverness Millburn Hostel (SYHA) is one of Scotland’s top hostels rated at 4 stars. There are game rooms, pool tables, internet access, self catering facilities and washing machines available for the guests. A bed in a dorm costs Â£16 per night.
Eastgate Backpackers Hostel is located close to Loch Ness and offers self catering facilities for the guests. There is internet access available and the possible to rent bicycles directly at the hostel. A bed in a dorm costs Â£11 per night while a private twin room costs Â£15 per night per person.